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My Radio, Starts in the East Falls in the West
Redeye Distribution)

12/06/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



12/6/2012 - Advertised as a “love letter to indie rock’s roots,” the second album from this Virginia foursome does have a lot of Phoenix-style beat-age underneath the distinctly ‘80s-white-soul vocals, which are remindful of, if anyone, Michael Hutchence. Since INXS isn’t widely considered to be an “indie rock band,” you might now be writing this off as an emo-pop commercial thing like Dashboard Confessional, but that’s not what this is either — think Coldplay acting more like rock stars instead of confused ponces, and with a lower budget and a dabbler’s taste in quirk-rock. Don’t feel confused — the bottom line is that I wouldn’t be surprised to hear one of these (quite decent) songs blasting from the speakers at a fake-hip chain restaurant, since the pomp-punk neo-AOR element is definitely there. But by the same token, they’re obviously sympathetic to the legion of Bloc Party wannabes that were too creative and weird to make it, among which this band will probably number if they run out of steam. B- 





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